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FIRST NATION TRAINEES OGOKI FOREST - Wednesday, May 29, 2019

FIRST NATION TRAINEES LEARN HARVESTING  SKILLS DEEP IN THE OGOKI FOREST

On site Training  Tigarcat   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  May 29, 2019   (LSN) The Agoke Development Corporation

is a forestry company that consists of the First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls and is building capacity through a training program administered by Confederation College.  It was an opportunity for 10 trainees from the three First Nations to display their newfound skillset in the operation of mechanical harvesting equipment.  Just a few weeks earlier none of them had any idea what a feller buncher, skidder or harvesting processor looked like. Today, they are learning and adjusting very quickly to the fast-paced production environment. 

The Agoke Development Corporation (ADC) hosted Tigercat and Wajax Dealer representatives from Brantford, Hearst and Thunder Bay to an onsite training demonstration on May 28th in the Ogoki Forest. 

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Vote Prosperity Puts Business Issues - Sunday, May 19, 2019

Vote Prosperity Puts Business Issues at the Forefront for 2019 Election: Sault Ste. Marie Chamber

Vote Prosperity Puts Business Issues at the Forefront  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ    Soo Chamber of Commerce 

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - May 19, 2019  (LSN)  –  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, launched the Vote Prosperity platform to urge federal party leaders to put the needs of Canadian business front and centre in the upcoming federal election.

“Core issues, such as trade relations, red tape and the skilled trades gap, are suffocating Canadian competiveness

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expressed optimism - Friday, April 12, 2019

NOMA expressed optimism

NOMA  Budget 2019  Wendy Landry
#LSN_Econ    NOMA Ontario Budget

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 12, 2019  (LSN)  –  The President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) expressed optimism with the release of the first provincial budget released from the Ford government

Wendy Landry, President of NOMA was pleased to see some language in this budget that speaks to developing a strategy for the forestry sector. “Forestry plays a significant role for the economy in Northwestern Ontario.

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Budget 2019 Strikes Right Balance - Friday, April 12, 2019

Budget 2019 Strikes Right Balance for
Business Community: SSM Chamber

Vic Fedeli 2019 budget Soo Chamber
#LSN_Econ    Soo Chamber of Commerce Ontario Budget

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 12, 2019  (LSN)  –  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is pleased to see that the Government of Ontario has heard the message of the province’s Chamber Network, and is taking reasonable steps to build a stronger Ontario. The Ontario government’s balance of fiscal sustainability and critical investments in skills and infrastructure will promote long-term economic growth. The proposed investments in broadband infrastructure and skills development will create real value for Ontarians, especially communities in the North.

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CX Solutions Establishing in Soo - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Global tech firm establishing operation in Sault Ste. Marie

CX Solutions  Establishing in Soo   Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  -  April 10, 2019   (LSN) A global tech and consulting firm, CX Solutions, is establishing a Technology Centre of Excellence in Sault Ste. Marie. The company is looking for energetic and talented individuals to join its growing team with skills in technical support and customer success. Further expansion is expected later this year.
 

CX Solutions, which provides business processing services to clients around the world, is also looking to hire Project Coordinators, Customer Experience Specialists and Help Desk Specialists.

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SSMCOC - Ontario Debt Report - Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ontario’s Chamber network takes a candid look at province’s $348 billion debt in latest report

SSMCOC - Ontario Debt Report   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Soo Chamber of Commerce

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 4, 2019  (LSN)  –  Today, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released their most recent report, Accounting for Ontario’s Debt, offering a thoughtful and balanced analysis of the province’s debt. Ontario’s debt currently amounts to approximately 41 percent of the provincial GDP or, when combined with the federal debt of $680 billion, represents a near 80 percent debt-to-GDP ratio for Ontarians. With talk of looming provincial debt top of mind, this timely report examines what Ontario’s debt means for the economy of today and tomorrow.

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Creating Jobs - Friday, March 29, 2019

Creating Jobs microbrewery and a chocolate manufacturing company

Greg Rickford Lake of the Wood  Brewing
#LSN_Econ  Kenora

KENORA, ONTARIO  -  March 29, 2019   (LSN) Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, was at Lake of the Woods Brewing Company to announce the company is receiving $1 million to expand its current brewing wholesale and commercial operations by setting up an additional brewing manufacturing facility in town. The new facility will allow the company to meet the increased demand for craft beer products and explore further export opportunities. The expansion will create 19 full-time jobs.

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SSMEDC partners with Ryerson University - Friday, March 29, 2019

SSMEDC partners with Ryerson University

The Millworks  Sault Ste Marie   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  The Millworks 

SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  -  March 29, 2019   (LSN) More programs and services are now available to help local young entrepreneurs succeed. The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation recently formed a partnership with Ryerson University. Through the alliance, current and aspiring area business owners are able to access the institution’s Entrepreneur Opportunity Network (EON).

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Remove barriers to drive business - Friday, March 22, 2019

Remove barriers to drive business growth  Edmonton and Calgary Chambers

Calgary Edmonton Chamber of Commerce    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Calgary Edmonton Chamber

CALGARY, ALBERTA  -  March 22, 2019  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)  (LSN)  Alberta’s next government must act immediately to reduce business costs and regulatory burdens that are limiting economic growth and community prosperity, say Chambers of Commerce representing the province’s two largest cities.


The Calgary and Edmonton Chambers are aligning advocacy efforts during the 2019 Alberta Election and urging all parties to spell out how they will establish trust with the business community and build a business environment that will support market and job growth.

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Thunder Bay Needs a Municipal Organizational Review - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Why Thunder Bay Needs a Municipal Organizational Review

2018 Affordabiltiy Comparision   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  TBay Council 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  March 19, 2019   (LSN) 

Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro has called for an organizational review of how the City conducts its operations and has directed the City Manager to prepare a report that will deal with the scope of the proposed review.  This is in the wake of a 2019 Budget that saw the new council come in with a total tax levy of 2.29 percent which is below the annual average increase of the previous council’s four-year term of 3.6 percent.  However, there is room for improvement and an organizational review is a good way to try and put the city on a more sustainable tax levy path.

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2019 ONTARIO ECONOMIC OUTLOOK - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Soo Chamber  Ontario Chamber of Commerce
 2019 ONTARIO ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Soo and Ontario Chamber of Commerces  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Ontario Chamber of Commerce

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  February 20, 2019  (LSN)  –  On Tuesday, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released their third annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), offering a unique perspective on the experience of businesses of all sizes across the province. Through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index, and the Economic Outlook, this report presents a candid look at private sector sentiment and opportunities for economic growth for the year ahead. 

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CHANGES TO ELECTRIC SYSTEM RULES - Sunday, February 17, 2019

CHANGES TO ELECTRIC SYSTEM RULES TO BENEFIT THE NORTHWEST

Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force  Ontario Energy Board    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  February 17, 2019  (LSN)  Following a successful conclusion to the construction of the East-West Tie Line, the Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force is now celebrating a decision by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to correct a historical barrier to getting power to new mines and mills in Northwestern Ontario.

For many years, the Energy Task Force has advocated to the Ontario Government and the OEB to change the assignment of costs for the upgrading of distribution and transmission lines to reflect a fair share approach. 

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jets to Thunder Bay Toronto Route - Friday, February 15, 2019

Air Canada Adds Rouge jets to Thunder Bay Toronto  Route

Air Canada Thunder Baty   Rouge A-319 jets
#LSN_Econ   Rouge A-319 jets

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - February 15, 2019   Beginning on May 1, the current six daily flights on the Q400 propeller aircraft will be replaced by three flights per day on the Rouge A-319 jets. Air Canada said the planes will have two cabins along with wireless internet and in-flight entertainment streamed to travellers’ personal devices.  “Those jets will have a business class cabin.

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Ring appointed Chair - Friday, February 15, 2019

SSM Chamber Rory Ring appointed
Chair of the Board for the Chamber Executives of Ontario

Roy Ring Chief Executive Officer,  SSMCOC Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Rory Ring

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  February 15, 2019  (LSN)  –  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is proud to announce that its Chief Executive Officer, Rory Ring, has been appointed Chair of the Board for the Chamber Executives of Ontario (CEO) and assumes a Board of Directors position with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), where he will represent the professional network of Chamber of Commerce leaders

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Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli - Monday, February 4, 2019

Leaders Luncheon
Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli

Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Thunder Bay Chamber

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 24, 2019   (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Leaders Luncheon with Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli on Thursday, February 7 at the Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel.

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Thunder Bay City Budget 2019: It's Not Over Yet - Sunday, February 3, 2019

Thunder Bay City Budget 2019: It's Not Over Yet

Thunder Bay City Council Budget Deliberations   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  TBay Council Budget deliberations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   -  February 3, 2019   (LSN) hunder Bay City Council has made the effort to address the rising level of taxes and expenditures in its most recent budget deliberations on Wednesday evening this week which apparently lasted eight hours.  The Administration was directed to find options for about $3 million in savings and they responded with a tiered list of three categories ranging from the least to the most intrusive that totaled $4.8 million.  The reductions approved by Council from the first list alone amounted to almost $1.7 million and among the items that were eliminated (as listed in a CBC report)

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Soo Chamber Recognizing Local Business Excellence - Sunday, January 27, 2019

Soo Chamber Recognizing Local Business Excellence

Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce Business Awards   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  January 27, 2019  (LSN)  – It was a celebration of innovation, creativity, leadership and entrepreneurship, as the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) handed out its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards on Saturday evening at the Machine Shop.

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Businesses drive cities that thrive - Friday, January 25, 2019

Businesses drive cities that thrive

Calgary Chamber of Commerce   Alberta   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Calgary Chamber

CALGARY, ALBERTA  -  January 25, 2019   (LSN) Adopting business-forward policies that drive market growth, certainty and investor confidence will enable Alberta communities and households to thrive, says the Calgary Chamber in its 2019 Alberta Provincial Election Platform recommendations.


Titled Businesses Drive Cities That Thrive, the platform makes nine specific recommendations under five principles for all provincial parties to adopt as they vie this spring to become the next government.

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Liquefied Natural Gas Plant - Friday, January 25, 2019

New Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Will Save Business and Residents Money in Northwestern Ontario

Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Nipigon   Lake Supeiror News
#LSN_Econ  Government of Ontario 
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure

Thunder Bay, NIPIGON,  ONTARIO  – January 25, 2019  (LSN)  Today the Ontario government announced support for a new liquefied natural gas plant in Nipigon to help create jobs and make businesses more competitive in Northern Ontario.

"Our Government is investing in the North, creating jobs, making businesses more competitive and making life more affordable for residents," said Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton.

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54TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CHAIR'S RECEPTION - Thursday, January 24, 2019

54TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CHAIR'S RECEPTION

John Capobianco Ontario Chamber of Commerce    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Thunder Bay Chamber

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 24, 2019   (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Chair’s Reception & 54th Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at the Confederation College, TEC Hub.

 

The event features a business meeting at 5:00pm, a networking reception at 5:30pm, and an evening program at 6:30pm, which includes the formal swearing in of Nathan Lawrence, 2019 Chair of the Board.

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SSM Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Leadership Award - Monday, January 21, 2019

Nominations now being accepted for the
SSM Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Leadership Award®

SSM Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Leadership Award Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  January 16, 2019  (LSN)  –  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its annual ATHENA® Leadership Award, sponsored by Sault College, to be presented at the SSMCOC Women in Business Breakfast on Friday, March 8th, 2019 (International Women's Day).

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hunder Bay Airport Posts Passenger Volume Record - Friday, January 18, 2019

Thunder Bay Airport Posts Third Consecutive
Passenger Volume Record

Thunder Bay Airport   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - January 18, 2019   For the  third consecutive year, Thunder Bay Airport (YQT) has posted record passenger volumes. Volumes reached an all-time high of 869,404 passengers in 2018. Traffic grew by 2.9% over 2017 volumes compared to 4.5% growth the previous year.

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Wataynikaneyap Power First Nation Partnership Expands - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Wataynikaneyap Power First Nation Partnership Expands

Wataynikaneyap Power   Lake Superior  News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 17, 2019  (LSN)  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Less than a month after Wataynikaneyap Power energized its first line to bring grid power to the First Nation community of Pikangikum, another historic milestone has been reached.

Today, Wataynikaneyap Power announced that Mishkeegogamang and Ojibway Nation of Saugeen legally joined the First Nations-led power project, bringing the number of First Nations communities who are equal owners in the project to 24.

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Soo Chamber Nominees. - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Soo Chamber Outstanding Business Achievement Awards
Nominees.

Soo Chamber Business Awards   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  January 16, 2019  (LSN)  –  With its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards less than two weeks away, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) would like to take an opportunity to acknowledge the many exceptional businesses, agencies and individuals that were nominated for their entrepreneurship, innovations and business savvy.

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Chamber Budget Deputation to City Council - Friday, January 11, 2019

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Budget Deputation to City Council

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Charla Robinson   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  January 11, 2019   (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce represents over 850 businesses and over 20,000 employees in our community.  Our membership includes businesses of all sizes and from all sectors of the local economy.

Nearly 90% of our members are small businesses with less than 25 employees.  These organizations are the lifeblood of our city providing the services, supplies and supports that make Thunder Bay such an amazing place to live, work and play.

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Porter Airlines opening Thunder Bay aircraft maintenance base - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Porter Airlines opening Thunder Bay aircraft maintenance base

Porter Airlines maintenance base Thunder Bay Airport  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

TORONTO, ONTARIO - January 9, 2019 (LSN)  Porter Airlines is opening an aircraft maintenance base at Thunder Bay International Airport, as of February 2019. This development contributes to Porter servicing its fleet of 29 Bombardier Q400 aircraft and will create 18 jobs in the city.  

“Thunder Bay is an important location in Porter’s network,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines.

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Chamber Applauds City Council Request for Services Profile - Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chamber Applauds City Council Request for Services Profile to Inform Budget Deliberations

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Charla Robinson   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - December 20, 2018   (LSN) The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce applauds City Council for their request for a City Services Profile that will help to inform the upcoming 2019 budget deliberations.  The report will allow Councillors to see what services the city offers and their costs, as well as which services are mandated by the Province, and which are considered non-essential.

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TruNorth Chaga production facility Sault Ste Marie - Sunday, December 9, 2018

TruNorth Chaga production facility Sault Ste Marie

TruNorth Chaga  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ     #LSN_SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - December 9, 2018  (LSN)

Did you know: chaga mushroom powder is used by millions of people worldwide for its health and wellness benefits? Did you also know: local entrepreneur Cody McElrea recently opened a production facility to manufacture and sell the product around the globe?

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UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes Sault Ste. Marie - Sunday, December 9, 2018

UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes
Sault Ste. Marie

Soo Michigan wins UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  December 9, 2018  (LSN)   –  Sault Ste. Marie is one of four communities across the state of Michigan to have been identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, identified the cities of Charlevoix, Hillsdale, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie as 2018 eCities Honored Communities for their successes and efforts in contributing to Michigan’s growth.

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NOMA SEEKS A REGIONAL ELECTRICITY PRICE - Thursday, December 6, 2018

NOMA SEEKS A REGIONAL ELECTRICITY PRICE FOR THE NORTHWEST

Wendy Landry, NOMA,  Hydro Pricing  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ NOMA  Wendy Landry

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  – December 6, 2018  (LSN)  The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) is calling on the Ontario Government to adopt a regional electricity price for Northwestern Ontario as a means to attract new industry while reducing the cost of energy in the region.

 

NOMA President, Wendy Landry, stated that the “NOMA Board and most residents of the Northwest believe strongly that they should receive the benefit of the low-cost hydro-electric generation scattered throughout the region rather than being forced to pay the higher blended price applied to the entire province.

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LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION PLAN NEEDED - Thursday, December 6, 2018

LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION PLAN NEEDED TO ADDRESS NORTHERN ONTARIO’S TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - December 6, 2018   (LSN)   Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Moving Forward: A Strategic Approach to Ontario’s Transportation Needs, a policy report calling on the Ontario Government to develop a Long-Term Transportation Plan that can deliver a strategy for better managing the province’s interconnected transportation assets and serving the needs of Ontario businesses and residents.

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Rickford, Fights for Fair Gas Prices - Sunday, December 2, 2018

Rickford, Fights for Fair Gas Prices in Northwestern Ontario

Greg Rickford on High Gas Prices in Northwestern Ontario
#LSN_Econ

KENORA, ONTARIO  – December 2, 2018  (LSN)  Today Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines called on the Competition Bureau to review gasoline and diesel retail prices in northwestern Ontario.

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Tax Relief for Low-Income and Minimum Wage Workers - Monday, November 26, 2018

Tax Relief for Low-Income and Minimum Wage Workers

Ontario Lift Tax Credit   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  November 26, 2018  (LSN)  Ontario Personal Income Tax. Tax relief would be gradually reduced for taxpayers with individual incomes greater than $30,000, and family incomes greater than $60,000.

One in six Ontario taxpayers would get the LIFT Credit and, on average, would receive about $450 in tax relief. The tax credit would be effective January 1, 2019.

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Nipigon River Bridge Open to Four Lanes of Traffic - Sunday, November 25, 2018

Nipigon River Bridge Open to Four Lanes of Traffic

Nipigon River Bridge All 4 lanes open   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Nipigon River Bridge

Nipigon, ONTARIO  November 25, 2018  (LSN)   The province’s first cable-stayed bridge, located east of Thunder Bay at the Nipigon River crossing on Highway 11/17, is open to four lanes.

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Federal Economic Statement Delivers - Thursday, November 22, 2018

Federal Economic Statement Delivers
on Several Chamber Recommendations

Sault Ste. Marie and Ontario Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - November 22, 2018  (LSN)  – Sault Ste. Marie – Yesterday’s Fall Economic Update from the federal government contains a number of important measures to address Canada’s competitiveness gap with other countries suggests the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC). The Chamber adds however that to reinforce Canada’s economic growth and viability, the government needs to commit to a full review of our corporate tax system and set out a clear, realistic strategy for balancing the public books.

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Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Cook County - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Cook County

Cook County Vacation Rentals   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  #LSN_CookCounty

COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  - November 21, 2018  (LSN)   Short-term vacation rentals, properties advertised on sites like VRBO, Airbnb, HomeAway, etc., are a hot-trend in Cook County, around the country and the world. For some, these are lucrative operations, and properties are being purchased specifically for this purpose. As this trend increases, licensing and appropriate property tax classification have become questions for many jurisdictions, as consistent standards do not yet exist. Due to Cook County’s popularity as a prime, year-round tourist destination, Cook County has some of the highest percentages of short-term vacation rentals in the state, and is leading the way on development of standards and classification.

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CN Kam River Bridge Decision - Sunday, November 18, 2018

CN Kam River Bridge Decision

CN Rail Kam River Swing Bridge   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - November 18, 2018  (LSN)  Here’s yet another decision on the James Street bridge. We learn that it’s going to cost between $4 and $6 million to repair and that the Court of appeal doesn’t think the Supreme Court will allow CN to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling.

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Fort William Annual Christmas Open House - Friday, November 16, 2018

Fort William Annual Christmas Open House
28th Year

 

Fort William Hoikday Open House 28th Year
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  November 16, 2018  (LSN) The Downtown Fort William Annual Christmas Open House started as a way to bring merchants together to show appreciation of customers in a festive manner. Victoria's Cupboard has celebrated a Christmas Open House with other store owners for the past 28 years. As people go from one business to another, looking for the big red bow outside of each participating shop, they are greeted with an assortment of refreshments, home baking, draws, free giveaways, in-store specials, music and/or a fashion show

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Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro - Friday, November 16, 2018

OEB Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro

OEB Approves Kenora Hydro Merger with Thunder Bay Hydro  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  November 16, 2018  (LSN)   The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has approved the merger of Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. (Kenora Hydro) and Thunder Bay Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. (Thunder Bay Hydro).

“Cost-efficiencies are expected and will directly benefit all customers” says Robert Mace, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Hydro, “Changes are coming in the new year, beginning with the unveiling our new brand”.

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Increased Taxi Service at Thunder Bay Airport - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Increased Taxi Service at Thunder Bay Airport

Diamond and Roach’s Yellow Taxi at Thunder Bay Airport   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - November 13, 2018  (LSN)  The Airport Authority is pleased to announce that both Diamond and Roach’s Yellow Taxi will now collaborate at the Airport to improve cab service.

Both cab companies will have their designated spot on the curb, allowing passengers more options t

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Soo Business Achievement Awards - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chamber Seeks the Best-of-the-Best for its
Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

Sault Ste Marie Chamber Business Awards  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  October 24, 2018  (LSN)  –  The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards to be given out at its annual Awards Gala in January.

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Searchmont Ski Hill Purchased By Wisconsin Resorts Inc. - Friday, November 2, 2018

Searchmont Ski Hill Purchased By Wisconsin Resorts Inc.

Searchmont Ski Hill Purchased By Wisconsin Resorts Inc.  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ 
#LSN_SSMEDC

Sault Ste. Marie, ON November 2, 2018   (LSN)  – Searchmont Resort has a new owner. Wisconsin Resorts Inc. purchased the ski hill from the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. The deal, which includes all land, buildings and equipment, was finalized on November 1.

 

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Priemier Ford opens White River Mine - Thursday, October 25, 2018

White River Priemier Ford opens Harte Gold's Sugar Zone gold Mine 

Ford opens White River Mine   Lake superior News
#LSN_Econ

WHITE RIVER, ONTARIO  - October 25, 2018  (LSN)  Premier Doug Ford and Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, attended the official opening of Harte Gold's Sugar Zone gold mine near White River. Senior management at Harte worked closely with the government and Indigenous communities to complete the project, which will create about 150 jobs and demonstrate that Ontario is Open for Business.

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Ford Announce Growth in Forest Section - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ford Announce Growth in Forest Section
Resolute Forest Products

Premier Ford at Resolute Forest Products
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIRO -  October 25, 2018  (LSN) Premier Doug Ford and Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced that Resolute Forest Products will be investing $40 million into Ontario's Northwestern operations, and an additional $13.5 million into maintenance and job creation at the Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill.

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Soo Chamber supports Province move Bill 148 - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Soo Chamber supports Province move Bill 148

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  October 24, 2018  (LSN)  – Tuesday’s Ontario government announcement of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, was welcomed by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and by the wider provincial Chamber network. The proposed legislation includes a repeal of some of the most cumbersome and economically-challenging aspects of Bill 148. The new legislation would also see the dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades and improvements to the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio.

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Copper Country Coffee Roasters wins - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Copper Country Coffee Roasters wins SSMEDC’s 2018 Pitch Off

Copper Country Coffee Roasters  Win Pitch Off  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ     #LSN_SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - October  20, 2018  (LSN) Copper Country Coffee Roasters took home first place at a business pitch competition hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

 

Company owner Lars Moffatt won a $19,000-valued grand prize,

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Thunder Bay’s Economy in the Past, Present, and Future - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Going from Chicago to Duluth of the North: Thunder Bay’s Economy in the Past, Present, and Future

Livio Di Matteo  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  October 16, 2018  (LSN) Thunder Bay’s economy has seen ebbs and flows over the course of the last 150 years.  Key to its economic development was the federal government decision to route the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Lakehead and the arrival of the transcontinental railway in the 1880s.  Indeed, without this government intervention it is unlikely Thunder Bay would have developed into a city as large as it is today.  Government action in assorted forms has been one of the pillars of Thunder Bay’s economy.

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Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force Pledges Support - Friday, September 28, 2018

Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force Pledges Support for NextBridge Proposal

NextBridge Proposal  East-West Tie Line  Lake Supeiror News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  September 28, 2018  (LSN)   The Common Voice Northwest Energy Task Force (CVNW) today reaffirmed its support for NextBridge as the builder and operator of the proposed East West Tie transmission line expansion connecting Wawa to Thunder Bay.  NextBridge and Hydro One Networks will appear before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) starting on October 2 to present their competing proposals for consideration.

Expressing their support for the NextBridge proposal today, CVNW released a comparative analysis of the key features of the competing Hydro One and NextBridge proposals to validate their support.

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Thunder Bay Airport SPassenger Volume Record - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport 
Summer 2018 Sets New Passenger Volume Record

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - September 20, 2018  (LSN)  The summer ended with record volumes at Thunder Bay Airport. As of August 31, the Airport has recorded a new high of 588,076 passengers representing a 4.6% increase from last year.

Strong volumes from northern communities have been a significant contributor

A seventh weekday frequency from Porter Airlines, along with added capacity into Winnipeg from WestJet Encore have also contributed.

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Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty - Monday, September 17, 2018

Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, September 17, 2018:  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Breakfast with the Hon. Perrin Beatty on Friday, September 21 at the Valhalla Inn.

 

Mr. Beatty’s keynote will address the impacts, actual and potential, of the current NAFTA renegotiations, and what Canada can do right now to insulate itself from further US-related risk to make sure that Canadian companies can still prosper.

 

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Grand Marais/Cook County Airport - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grand Marais/Cook County Airport unveils new airport facility and 5,000-foot runway

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - September 13, 2018  (LSN) The Cook County Airport Commission will hold an open house at the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport to unveil a new airport facility and 5,000-foot runway on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

The new 5,000-foot runway can accommodate most large transport charter aircraft.  The new Arrival and Departure Building now boasts a large conference room, kitchen, two bathrooms and a large lounge/waiting area with TV and Broadband.

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TBay Seeks Input on Designated Truck Route - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

TBay Seeks Input on Designated Truck Route 

Public Meeting Truck Route   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 12, 2018 (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay is finalizing the development of the new Designated Truck Route.

The Designated Truck Route will be put in place to manage heavy truck traffic in the city and would lead to a new by-law implementing the plan.

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mmediately Repeal Bill 148 - Monday, September 10, 2018

Ontario Chambers Call on Provincial Government to Immediately Repeal Bill 148

Repeal Bill 148 Thunder Bay Ontario Chamber of Commers   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 10, 2018   (LSN) Today, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government of Ontario to immediately repeal the drastic labour reforms introduced by Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017. Recent testimonials from the Ontario business community showcase a common theme - the labour reforms established by the previous government were too much, too fast and have significantly limited their ability to maintain or grow the workforce they need to be competitive. 

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Supercom Industries Celebrates Graduates - Monday, September 10, 2018

Supercom Industries Celebrates Graduates

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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 10, 2018  (LSN)  Supercom Industries LP, a 100% First Nation owned business partnership, is celebrating the graduation of over 200 Northern Ontarians from its energy-related training programs. Twenty (20) new graduates completed training this week and are ready for employment in the energy industry.

"Supercom and our six member First Nations are proud of the comprehensive skills training plan that has been put in place with our partners to ensure that Northern Ontario is ready to meet the anticipated employment needs in the energy sector. 

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WTF Festival Sault Ste. Marie - Sunday, September 2, 2018

WTF Festival leaves lasting impact on Sault Ste. Marie

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Sault Ste. Marie, ON September 2, 2018  (L:SN) The economic impact results are in for the 2018 WTF Comedy Festival. And they’re Wonderfully Terrifically Fantastic. All joking aside, the event attracted just under 500 visitors from across Ontario and the U.S. Held June 7 to 9, it also generated more than $84,000 of direct visitor spending for the local economy, along with thousands of more dollars in spinoff and indirect commercial activity.

 

WTF, a.k.a. Way Too Funny, a.k.a. Warning: Too Funny, was established by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. The organization’s goal was to develop a major event to attract visitors before the start of the busy Agawa Canyon Tour Train season. Mission: accomplished.

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Highway 61 Public Meeting Postponed - Saturday, September 1, 2018

Highway 61 Planning and Preliminary Design Study
Arthur Street to Loch Lomond Road Public Meeting Postpone
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Highway 61 Disign Study  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 1, 2018  (LSN) The Ministry of Transportation has Canncelled the first Public Information Centre concerning the possible future widening of a section of Highway 61.

The Ministry of Transportation had announced the first Public Information Centre concerning the possible future widening of a section of Highway 61.

The first of three public meetings was set for Wednesday, September 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Best Western Nor'Wester has been canncelled

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Threat of auto tariffs on Ontario Jobs - Monday, August 27, 2018

Threat of auto tariffs on Canadian manufactured cars is extremely concerning to Ontario

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TORONTO, ONTARIO   - August 27, 2018  (LSN) The United States and Mexico have made significant progress in discussions to revise key portions of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, Minister Wilson made the following statement:
"With hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, it is imperative that our country has a voice at the table and that a deal on NAFTA is reached.  The threat of auto tariffs on Canadian manufactured cars is extremely concerning to Ontario as 1 in 5 Ontario jobs depend on Canada-U.S. trade and investment.  I have asked Minister Freeland for a briefing as soon as possible, to ensure Ontario's automotive, steel and agriculture industries and their workers are top of mind in these discussions.

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Possible Canada Post Strike in September - Monday, August 20, 2018

Possible Canada Post Strike in September

Canada Postal Strike   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 20, 2018  (LSN)  Canada Post has informed its Ontarioo Hydro  of the possibility of a service disruption in September. Because you’re receiving your bills by mail, we recommend that you make other arrangements to keep your account current.

By switching to Paperless Billing, you can avoid the inconvenience of a mail stoppage. You’ll receive an email each month to advise you that your bill is ready.

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Budget 2019: Cook County - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Budget 2019:
Balancing Service Levels and Planning for a Sustainable Future

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - August 7, 2018 (LSN)   Cook County is striving to make the complicated budget process as open and accessible to citizens as possible. At a special media briefing today, the Budget Committee and County Administration welcomed members of the media to discuss the upcoming budget process, goals and key factors that impact the budget, and welcomed all questions.


The Cook County Budget Committee and County Commissioners have been working with Departments for the past several months to review Departmental Budgets and the impact proposed budgets have on the tax levy.

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Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fares - Friday, July 13, 2018

  • Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fare category, expanding customer options

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  • TORONTO, ONTARIO - July 13, 2018 (LSN)  Porter Airlines is introducing a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand from travellers wanting to choose from a range of prices and service options they most value.
  • The new Basic fare is an entry-level product designed to provide essential services for passengers with definite travel plans. It delivers the lowest available price on select flights booked at least 21 days prior to departure.
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SSMEDC helps 13 area youth - Friday, July 13, 2018

SSMEDC helps 13 area youth start summer businesses

Copper Country Coffee Roasters  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Lars Moffat (right), owner of Copper Country Coffee Roasters, with  Keaton Schmidt

Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO -  July 13, 2018) – This summer, 13 youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area started businesses with the support of a young entrepreneur program. Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides training, mentoring and grants to assist students in starting a seasonal business.

 

“Summer Company provides youth with useful, real-world experience in entrepreneurship and self-employment, said Harleen Puaar, an Economic Development Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

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Greyhound Cancelling Service Across the Northern Ontario - Monday, July 9, 2018

Greyhound Cancelling Service
Across  the Northern Ontario

Grayhound Cancelling Service Northen Ontario  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - July 9, 2018  (LSN) Wendy Landry President of NOMA stated "NOMA is disappointed with the decision of greyhound cancelling routes past Sudbury.
We at NOMA have been advocating for Subsidized inter community bus services to
Enable our citizens to travel between our communities for appointments, events, shopping, and more. This cripples they ability even more.

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Northwest Nosh Food Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018

Food Strategy introducing Northwest Nosh Food Magazine

Northwest Nosh  Magazine  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO May 25, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is introducing Northwest Nosh – the area’s first Special Edition magazine- with a focus on celebrating everything related to the regional food system. “There is so much exciting work being done regionally to build strong and resilient food systems. The Northwest Nosh is an opportunity to celebrate some of those amazing stories,” says Rebecca Johnson, Co-Chair of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy (TBAFS) Executive Committee; “Food shows the connection between our health and well-being, and our economy and environment.”

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Access to Talent Required - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Access to Talent Required to Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 24, 2018 (LSN) Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce called on all political parties to take bold action in improving the alignment of skills, education, and career opportunities across the province with election day just weeks away. In its Vote Prosperity platform, the Chambers emphasize that a robust labour market with good jobs is essential to the future growth of the economy and Ontario’s continued global competitiveness.  77 percent of businesses in Ontario note that access to talent has the largest impact on their competitiveness.

The Chamber Network would like Ontario’s next government to modernize the apprenticeship system and work with both industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market and needs of the business community.

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Thunder Bay Mining day - Saturday, May 19, 2018

 6th Anniversary Thunder Bay Mining day 

Thunder Bay Mining Day Panning for Gold  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 19, 2018  (LSN)  On June 23, 2018 Mining Day will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary. It is organized by a group of volunteers from various mining and associated service companies in NW Ontario.

The Festival is free to the public to enjoy with their families. Games and activities with a mining related theme are presented by the many exhibitors. The kids get to pan for real gold, use a metal detector, make jewelry from rocks and gems, ask geologists tough questions, enter draws for prizes and learn about the rocks beneath their feet.

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Strategic Growth Plan Required - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Strategic Growth Plan Required To Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, Ontario  May 18, 2018: (LSN)  With election day just weeks away, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on all political parties to commit to reducing input costs and the regulatory burden felt by businesses across the province.

In the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform, strengthening business competitiveness is not only fundamental for employers but also the success of the entire province. With industry struggling to compete under increased costs and regulations, the OCC and Thunder Bay Chamber would like Ontario’s next government to establish a publicly available analysis of the cost of doing business, as well as adopt a robust approach to reducing red tape.

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Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Job Training Program Preparing Participants for Job Opportunities  for Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line
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THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO - May 17th, 2018 (LSN) Today, a training program that is designed for those looking to gain direct or indirect employment in the construction of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line was introduced in Northwestern Ontario, and is already being deemed a success by all participating partners. Wataynikaneyap Power, Opiikapawiin Services, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), PowerTel and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute have joined together to deliver training programs including Line Crew Ground Support Training, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund. The First Nations have been working together since 2013 on community engagement, participation and capacity building to capture maximum employment, training and business opportunities. They recognized that it will be required to develop capabilities and initiate specific training for the people.

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SSMEDC 2017 Annual Report - Monday, May 14, 2018

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report    Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 14, 2018  (LSN) What impact does the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have on the community? To answer this question while sharing information with citizens and partners, the organization released its 2017 Annual Report this week. The publication highlights activity and results generated. Staff presented the figures at the May 14 City Council meeting.

 

In 2017, the SSMEDC processed more than 1,900 inquiries from entrepreneurs and delivered over 950 client consultations. The organization also made 17 formal pitches to external investors and companies, facilitated 85 business support seminars and workshops, and took part in 66 outreach and networking events.

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Commercial Property Showcase - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commercial Property Showcase
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Soo Michigan Block Party   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  May 8, 2018  (LSN)   –  On May 15th several historic properties will be open to the public in the 400 block of Ashmun.  With the initial idea coming from the Sault Ste. Marie Main Street Economic Vitality Committee, several entities are partnering to showcase four available commercial properties in the heart of our downtown. 

“This is our first real estate block party, and we hope to slate more for this year.” reported Justin Knepper of the Downtown Development Authority. “The Economic Vitality Committee along with several DDA board members and the help of the Convention & Visitors Bureau we will be able to clean up these storefronts, hang up historic banners and get new businesses moving in the right direction.”

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Pop-Up Patio Pilot - Friday, May 4, 2018

City Thunder Bay Launches Pop-Up Patio Pilot

Bean Fien Algoma Street  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  The Bean Fiend Cafe  and Algoma Business Area

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 4, 2018  (LSN)   The City of Thunder Bay will be launching a two-year Pop-Up Patio Pilot beginning this summer to allow local businesses to build temporary, seasonal patios and seating areas using sidewalks and on-street parking spaces.